Once you become a mom, it’s rare for you to get a full and restful night’s sleep. What with an infant that needs to be fed throughout the night, toddlers getting in and out of bed, and kids or teens getting sick or scared, it can be hard for moms to spend a full night of uninterrupted sleep.
Not only this, but many moms also experience stress or anxiety at night. If this sounds like your life, here are three ways you can start to get more restful sleep as soon as your head hits your memory foam pillow.
Eliminate Fears Of Not Hearing Your Kids
For many new parents, it can be scary to think that you won’t hear your children if they need you in the night. Because of this, many parents get very light sleep, hoping to stay awake enough to quickly just up if they hear any peep coming from their little ones. However, these fears are often completely unwarranted.
According to Denise Mann, a contributor to WebMD.com, your parental instincts will naturally kick in when your baby cries at night. But if you’re still worried about it, you can always get a baby monitor to keep in your room while you sleep. This will ensure that you’ll always hear if you’re needed so you can rest easier when your home is quiet.
Worry Earlier In The Day
Moms especially have a hard time turning off their brains at the end of the day. When things are quiet and there’s no one there needing something from you, it seems like the perfect time to reflect upon your day and think ahead to tomorrow. But by doing this, you’re bringing in a lot of worry that could keep you up at night.
To combat this, Sarah McCraw Crow, a contributor to Parents.com, recommends that you find a way to get all this worry out earlier in the day. It can be helpful to write down your worries or the things you need to get taken care of so you know they’re on a list somewhere and don’t have to occupy space in your mind anymore when you’re trying to relax and go to sleep.
Have Good Sleep Hygiene
Some days, you might be so tired that you just nod off wherever you wind up in the evening. And while this might work for you occasionally, it’s very important to have good sleep hygiene if you want to get consistent sleep as a parent.
According to HopkinsMedicine.org, having good sleep hygiene means doing things that are conducive to sleep rather than things that prohibit sleep. This could include avoiding caffeine later in the day, turning off your electronics as you get ready for bed, and trying to go to sleep and wake up around the same time each day.
If you need to start getting more restful sleep so you can be a better parent, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you do just that.